Resources for end of life care

End-of-life symbol

End of Life Symbol

This symbol appears on many of the resources developed by the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme to respectfully identify items connected with the end of life in hospitals.

In conjunction with good practice in hospitals and care facilities, the symbol aims to add respect and solemnity to items used following the death of a person and to make resources relating to the end of life instantly identifiable. This symbol is displayed at the nurses’ station or at the ward/unit entrance to notify staff that a patient has died.

The symbol is inspired by ancient Irish history and is not associated with any one religion or denomination. The 3-stranded white spiral represents the interconnected cycle of life – birth, life and death. The white outer circle represents continuity, infinity and completion. Purple was chosen as the background colour as it is associated with nobility, solemnity and spirituality.

For more information contact the Hospice Friendly Hospitals Programme hfh@hospicefoundation.ie

Download the symbol here PDF    

Download the End of Life Symbol Explanation  here

Download  the HFH Programme’s Guidance Document for using the End-of-Life Symbol in Hospitals here.

 

Cost: €35 per acrylic symbol or €24.50 when ordering five symbols. 

Size:21cm x22cm

Contact: Mark Paisley or Leszek Wolnik at Fire Design

Tel: +353 (0)1 4784088

Email:

Email:mark@thecopperhouse.ie  or leszek@thecopperhouse.ie


End of Life Door Sign

End of Life Door Sign

This sign is fixed to a ward or room door. The cover can slide across to reveal the end of life symbol. This symbol is displayed when a patient has died.

Cost:  €34 + VAT per sign 

Size: 30cm x 15cm

Contact: Dave Turner, Flynn Signs & Display 

Tel:  +353 (0)1 8727699

Email: signs@flynns.ie


Ward Altar

Ward Altar

An oak ward altar can be used in hospitals when a patient is dying or following their death. The top of the altar features the end of life spiral. Religious and cultural items relevant to end-of-life care can be stored inside.

Cost: Approximately €400 per altar

Contact: Aaron Nicholson, Coolaney, Co. Sligo  

Tel: +353 (0)86 3104881

Email: aaronnicholson83@hotmail.com


Handover bag

Handover bag

The principle of the family handover bag is to promote a dignified and sensitive way of returning the deceased patient’s personal belongings to the family. A high quality bag should be used in place of a plastic bag.

Cost: quantity price
25-50 bags € 4.50 per bag
100-200 € 4.00 per bag
300-500 € 3.75 per bag
600-1,000 € 3.50 per bag
Please add VAT at 23 %. All prices include free delivery.

Contact: COTAB Ltd, Co.Cork 

Tel:  +353 (0)21 4510488

Email: sales@cotab.ie

 


Personalised Handover Bags

 Handover bag -can be personalised for individacare settings

The principle of the family handover bag is to promote a dignified and sensitive way of returning the deceased patient’s personal belongings to the family. A high quality bag should be used in place of a plastic bag.

Cost: quantity price
25-50 bags € 6.50 per bag
Please add VAT at 23 %.

Contact: DIAL-A-BAG, Kilternan, Co. Dublin 

Tel:  +353 (0)1 295 9938

Email: dialabag@eircom.net


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Sympathy Cards

It is good practice for hospitals to send sympathy cards to the next-of-kin of those who have died in the hospital.  Ideally, the sympathy card should be handwritten by a person who was involved in the care of the patient. Preferably a sympathy card would be sent prior to any bills from the hospital. Hospitals may wish to design  and cards printed with a personalised design to represent their individual hospital.

Cost: €2.00 each

Contact: The Irish Hospice Foundation

Tel: +353 (0)1 679 3188

Email: info@hospicefoundation.ie

Shop online: http://hospicefoundation.ie/shop/cards/sympathy-cards/


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Candle for bereaved relatives & friends

Hospitals are using this candle at remembrance and bereavement services. Feedback from bereaved relatives & friends has been extremely positive.

Cost:  Approximately €4 per candle.  

Size: 4 inches

Contact:  Duffy & Scott, Tullamore.

Tel:  +353 (0) 57 935 1089

Email: info@duffyscott.com


NorMor Chin Support

Chin support

Nor Mors is a chin support that is placed around the person’s neck and supported by the collarbone. It is partly hidden by the person’s shirt or blouse. The chin-collar was developed as a more dignified alternative to other equipment and practices used to keep the mouth closed. 

Cost: 10 Pack €67.50 + VAT

Standard size: Code 910229

Small size: Code 910229A

Contact:  Shepherds Mortuary & Funeral Supplies 

Tel:+353(0)43 3349702 

Email: sales@shepherds.ie 


Bed & Concealment Trolley Drapes 

A purple drape is available for use on mortuary trolleys when transporting the body of a deceased person through the hospital. The drape can be ordered in different sizes. The drape can also be used within the mortuary itself for viewing the deceased.

A bed drape is available also for use on the ward. It can be used when family members are present to view the deceased.

 

Drape

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mortuary Trolley Drape

Size: Large  220cm wide x 360cm long 75cm radius corners

Cost: €145 +VAT  Order Code: HFH-TD/L

Size:  Small  190cm wide x 330cm long60cm radius corners

Cost: €115 +VAT  Order Code: HFH-TD/S

 

 

27/02/09 Pictured at the Irish Hospice Foundation's Hospice Friendly Hospice Programme at UCH Hospital, Cork. Pic: Don Moloney/Press 22

Bed Drape

Purple Bed Drape-Standard

Size:  220cm wide x 240cm long 30cm radius at each of 2 corners (foot end)

Cost: €105 + VAT Order Code: HFH-BD/PUR

Lilac Bed Drape-Standard

Size:  220cm wide x 240cm long 30cm radius at each of 2 corners (foot end)

Cost: €105 + VAT Order Code Lilac Drape:  HFH-BD/LIL
 

Contact:     NCD Medical Ltd.   

Tel:  +353 (0)1 8834299  

Email: admin@ncdmedical.ie

 

Drape Storage

Mercy University  Hospital store their drapes on good quality, strong curtain poles, this reduces creasing and  making it more visible for use.

Mercy University Hospital, drape storage

 


Concealment Trolley 1
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Concealment Trolley 2
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 Concealment trolley combined with  drape

 

For more information about this product and for pricing information contact:  

Shepherds Mortuary & Funeral Supplies 

Tel:+353(0)43 3349702 

Email: sales@shepherds.ie 

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